3.6/10
39
2 user 2 critic

The Cool Mikado (1963)

Hank, the son of American judge Herbert Mikado, refuses to marry Katie Shaw, whom his father wishes him to marry, and so joins the army. He is stationed in Japan where he falls in love with a Tokyo art student, Yum-Yum.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (adaptation) | 4 more credits »
Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Tame comedy in which Julie converts her stuffy husband Roger and his equally prudish parents to the joys of nudism.

Director: Michael Winner
Stars: Julie Wilson, Marc Rolland, Wendy Smith
Play It Cool (1962)
Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Director: Michael Winner
Stars: Billy Fury, Michael Anderson Jr., Dennis Price
Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

When reporter Mark Kingston's student brother falls from his Cambridge college window, he makes haste from the States to set out to prove that it would not have been suicide, but was rather murder.

Director: Michael Winner
Stars: Terence Longdon, Donald Gray, Dermot Walsh
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In a seaside village, a group of local young men mingle among the seasonal tourists in search of sexual conquests. Near the end of one summer, the leader of the group, Tinker, a strolling ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Winner
Stars: Oliver Reed, Jane Merrow, Barbara Ferris
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  

Caroline is to be wed to Sir Ralph and invites her sister Barbara to be her bridesmaid. Barbara seduces Ralph, however, and she becomes the new Lady, but despite her new wealthy situation, ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Winner
Stars: Faye Dunaway, Alan Bates, John Gielgud
The Games (1970)
Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Four marathon runners (one from England, one from the U.S., a Czech and an Australian Aborigine) prepare to run in the Olympic games. The film follows each one and shows what their motivations are for running in the games.

Director: Michael Winner
Stars: Michael Crawford, Ryan O'Neal, Charles Aznavour
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

In 1924 Estie comes to Hollywood to become an actress, but the dog, that followed her becomes the star. But Hollywood has its own rules of success.

Director: Michael Winner
Stars: Dennis Morgan, Shecky Greene, Phil Leeds
Scorpio (1973)
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Cross is an old hand at the CIA, in charge of assassinating high-ranking foreign personalities who are an obstacle to the policies of the USA. He often teams up with Frenchman Jean Laurier,... See full summary »

Director: Michael Winner
Stars: Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon, Paul Scofield
Dirty Weekend (1993)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Shortly after she moves into her own flat in Brighton, Bella finds she is being spied on and generally harassed by a man living across from her. Finally driven to solving the problem with a... See full summary »

Director: Michael Winner
Stars: Lia Williams, Rufus Sewell, Michael Cule
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Top detective Lou Torrey is transferred to Los Angeles and uncovers a plot by a Sicilian mafioso to use Vietnam veterans to murder all his enemies in a rerun of the "Sicilian Vespers" when ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Winner
Stars: Charles Bronson, Martin Balsam, Jack Colvin
West 11 (1963)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

This Michael Winner directed film looks into life at Notting Hill, London, then a seedy slum. A down on his luck Joe Beckett (Alfred Lynch) is recruited into crime by Richard Dyce (Eric Portman).

Director: Michael Winner
Stars: Alfred Lynch, Kathleen Breck, Eric Portman
Shoot to Kill (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

A showbiz reporter gets involved with political intrigue.

Director: Michael Winner
Stars: Dermot Walsh, Joy Webster, John M. East
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Frankie Howerd ...
Stubby Kaye ...
Judge Herbert Mikado / Charlie Hotfleisch
Mike Winters ...
Mike
Bernie Winters ...
Bernie
Tommy Cooper ...
...
Ronald Fortescue
Jacqueline Jones ...
...
Hank Mikado
Jill Mai Meredith ...
Lionel Blair ...
Pete Murray ...
Man in Boudoir
...
Glen Mason ...
Harry
Al Mulder
Dermot Walsh ...
Elmer
Edit

Storyline

Hank, the son of American judge Herbert Mikado, refuses to marry Katie Shaw, whom his father wishes him to marry, and so joins the army. He is stationed in Japan where he falls in love with a Tokyo art student, Yum-Yum.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

gilbert and sullivan | spoof | See All (2) »

Genres:

Musical

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

January 1963 (UK)  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Eastmancolor)
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Adapted from "The Mikado" by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, at the first opportunity after copyright expired, 50 years after Gilbert's death. See more »

Connections

Version of The Mikado (2001) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Incredibly bad in every way.
29 September 2004 | by (Eastern US) – See all my reviews

This has to be the world's lamest attempt at adapting any pre-existing work. The Cool Mikado is not an updating of the original Mikado's story; it has almost no story at all. It appears to be merely an excuse to get a few British comics some screen time to do their shtick, none of which has anything to do with anything that's been happening in the movie. Tommy Cooper comes off worst in this regard, spewing one-liners that are so unrelated to anything at hand that he sounds completely demented.

The movie shoehorns in a half-dozen songs from the original operetta, with lyrics completely unchanged to match the movie's situations. "We are gentlemen of Japan" is sung by a group of British soldiers milling around the cramped studio set. Ko-Ko is suddenly referred to as "the Executioner" so that they can sing "Behold the lord high executioner" for no apparent reason. Stubby Kaye does sing updated (but irrelevant to the movie) lyrics to "A more humane Mikado", which I suspect he may have provided himself since he is the only one involved in the production that seems to have the slightest inkling of how to make a movie. The most imaginative part of the whole movie is the "Titwillow Twist", and that only appears imaginative because of how dismal the rest of the proceedings are.

(The song most likely to be anticipated by any audience, and easiest to adapt to any production, is "I have a little list", but this is reduced to a throwaway one line joke. Incredible.)

Staging for the musical numbers wouldn't pass muster for a school play. It's all the players can do to just not trip over each other. The script wouldn't make a bit of sense to anyone not stoned out of his mind. And with bizarre situations appearing for no reason (such as a squad of bagpipers showing up for the final number) if you're not stoned out of your mind when you watch this movie, you may wish you were. Maybe that's the actual point of the movie--in its own claustrophobic, amateurish way, it's more psychedelic than most movies of the 60s that tried to be psychedelic.


17 of 21 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss The Cool Mikado (1963) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?